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Sep 18, 2009 12:54 PM

El Sol - any recommendations?

I am finally going to El Sol, I have been scared away because of some of the reviews. Seems like people love the food but hate the service. I am bracing myself for a very long meal but will be with friends and knocking back some margaritas so I should be relaxed about it.

Any recommendations on what to order?

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  1. I can't recommend anything as I have not been in years, but you may want to head over there right after eating lunch, because it will be time for dinner when you get served. :-)

    4 Replies
    1. re: foodyDudey

      really, it's that bad?

      ok so once you are served is the food very good?

      1. re: katbri

        We usually enjoyed the food, but just couldn't handle the delays. At least you don't have to bring a spare change of clothes. It's been over 6 years since we were there, so I can't comment on the food. I think the wait is still the same, based on posts I've read.

        1. re: katbri

          In fairness to El Sol, I have to say that I have eaten many meals there over the last couple of years. Once, it was slow. Another time, everything came excessively quickly. Usually, food arrives at a reasonable pace.

        2. re: foodyDudey

          Also, bring bottled water to sip so you do not die of thirst whilst waiting to place a drink order, or waiting for your drinks to arrive. Remove all watches and time-keeping devices before entering so you are not aware of how much time is passing.

        3. The mole was very flavourful but the chicken itself was way overcooked last time we were there. The pozole was quite good. The tacos and various other tortilla-based dishes were also good. The cactus salad isn't worth the money. And yes, the wait was very long.

          1. Hate to join the pile-on, but don't expect them to make quick with those margaritas either. We always enjoyed the pricey guacomole and the mixed taco platter (can't remember exactly what it is called). I also liked the garlic shrimp. Haven't been there for years though. A weekday for two was always doable - a large party on the weekend made for a long wait, and again they don't make up for it with the drink or chips service.

            1. Like others, I haven't been there in a long time, specifically because of the service. Yes, it was that slow.

              The guac and sangria were always good. Other things had an odd problem: they cooked dishes to order (thus the wait, even when the place was empty) that would have been better cooked in advance.

              Thus, long waits for overcooked chicken in an otherwise tasty mole, and for cheap cuts of beef that needed long, slow cooking but arrived undercooked and tough.

              As to today's food or service, I don't know.

              1. Same as everyone else - I haven't been in a couple years, and the service was sloooow.

                I've heard that the regulars know enough to phone in their food orders ahead of time, to cut down on the wait once they arrive. I don't know how well that works, having never tried it myself.